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Jr. boys basketball team in tough game against first place Massey

It was one of the tougher games on the schedule for the North Star Wolves junior boys basketball team and the results proved it.

The winless Wolves, a team filled with mainly Grade 9 players, went up against a talented and undefeated Massey Mustangs team last Monday night and lost 83-25 in WECSSAA Tier 2 league action. North Star head coach Ben Pelger believed his team played decently against the visiting Mustangs, despite the score.

“They did not give up,” said Pelger.

Pelger pointed out it was their second game of the season against the strong Massey team, and the Wolves scored twice as many points in the most recent game as they did in the first encounter. Massey beat North Star 62-12 in Windsor Dec. 5.

“When you look at them, you can see an improvement in our team,” said Pelger. “They are playing with more confidence and are on the right path for next year.”

The Wolves played well the week previous, losing 58-50 at Assumption before falling at home to Belle River 63-28. Pelger said they face strong teams this season and it is tough to improve that way, but there is progress nonetheless. 

The junior Wolves will resume action following the exam break with a Feb. 2 game at Belle River, starting at 3 p.m. They conclude the regular season Feb. 8 with a 4 p.m. home game versus the Cardinal Carter Cougars. 

The junior boys have only two Grade 10 players while the rest are in Grade 9, Pelger pointed out.

The senior boys team were also scheduled to play Jan. 22, but instead claimed a 15-0 forfeit victory as the game against UMEI was cancelled. The senior Wolves come out of the exam break with a home game Feb. 6 at 5:30 versus Ste. Cecile before concluding the regular season on the road Feb. 8 at Westview Freedom Academy at 4 p.m. The senior Wolves basketball team now has a 3-5 record.

By Ron Giofu

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